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Elderberries in the face of Influenza
February 27, 2005
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It hits you like a truck: the chills, the all-night dry-cough fest–the exhaustion (oh, the exhaustion).
To ease symptoms and shorten the duration of the flu, Elderberry Juice showed promising results in a small study published recently in the Journal of International Medical Research.
On average, patients with confirmed influenza who took elderberry juice recovered in three days, compared with seven for those given the placebo.
Though further studies are needed, elderberries earn integrative medicine expert Dr. Andrew Weil’s confidence as a homeopathic treatment at the first signs of flu. (Another he recommends is astragalus, a Chinese herb with similar antiviral and immune-enhancing properties.)
Other coping strategies should include rest, hydration, absence from work (the flu is highly contagious) and a cough technique taught at some daycare centers–into the crook of your elbow, not the palm of your hand.